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What's New in the Physics Department

March 30, 2017


It has been another busy and exciting year in the Physics Department! I hope you will enjoy a look back at some of the highlights: 

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ilija Zeljkovic, who was awarded a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.  This is the eighth young investigator grant to be awarded to a BC Physics faculty member.
  • Congratulations to Professor Kris Kempa, who was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
  • Among the numerous scientific publications from the department faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students, Evelyn J. and Robert A. Ferris Professor Michael J. Naughton and Professor Kempa published a paper in Scientific Reports on wireless communication via nanoscale plasmonic antennas, first-authored by postdoc Juan Merlo. Professor Kempa, Research Professor Andrzej Herczynski, Associate Professor Kenneth Burch, and Professor Michael Graf published papers in Nature Communications on nanoscale-enabled plasmonic refraction for window electrodes, on topological insulators, and on electronic supermodulation, respectively. Associate Professor Burch and Associate Professor Ying Ran published a paper in Physical Review Letters on chiral photons in Weyl semimetals; and Professor Naughton, with collaborators in BC Psychology and Biology, published a paper in Frontiers of Neuroscience on optrode arrays for neurophysiology.
  • Our 2016 graduating majors have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at a number of universities, including Duke, Princeton, Albert Einstein, Pitt, Northwestern, Purdue, and NYU, while others have entered the workforce in a range of industries, including companies such as Raytheon and Goldman Sachs. Please join us in wishing them all success!

In other news, the department welcomes Assistant Professor Fazel Tafti to Boston College. Congratulations as well to Research Professor Andrzej Herczynski and Associate Professor Ying Ran, who both received promotions.

Finally, we are in the process of hiring several new faculty members as we strategize and plan for the University's next phase in advancing integrated science on campus.

As a Physics Department graduate, you remain an important part of our extended family. Please stay in touch!


Michael J. Naughton
Evelyn J. and Robert A. Ferris Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics